A real long time ago I signed up with the by now well known BookMooch:
a community where you can send away books you do not read anymore and can retrieve books you would like (for free).
I started out by registering a book I wanted to drop. This book, which I once picked up in some airport bookshop before a flight was requested today (!) as a mail dropped in my mailbox. The request came from an american teacher in photography (with a great site). She wants this book:
I now have two problems:
- Since the book is quite heavy it will cost me quite something to the U.S.A.
- I don’t have time to go to the post office
- I do not know how to pack the book
- I have forgotten how it was supposed to work:
Problem 1: ah well… maybe I can then also request a book from someone, which is also a nice experiment, I absolutely need to complete my Laumer collection one day and this might be a good way since paying sellers on ebay the shipping costs for the Laumer books is probably more than the costs I will pay. Besides that I am over 3 points (I have 3.1 points).
Problem 2: One of the major not-nice-for-a-smoker things of my current project is that I have to walk for at least 15 minutes to walk from my car… to my client. Every day, after 1.5hr traffic jam at a minimum. Since I hate this, It might be interesting to make it worthwhile because coincidently the only shop on the road is… a postoffice! Might actually become a habit and useful.
Problem 3: How should I send the book? Does it need a big box? Only paper? I think I need packaging material! Not only for this book, but also for future books I’m going to send. I hope they have this also at the post office. Maybe the stuff with the bubbles and some solid carton and … of course lots of tape! And address labels! So I will have to buy this first.
Problem 4: That’s easy I looked them up in the FAQ:
Bookmooch works via points, the rules are:
|- every time you enter a book you get 1/10 point
- sending a book gives you 1 point
- requesting a book costs 1 point
- commenting on a received book gives you 1/10 point
|- sending to abroad gets you 3 points
- retrieving from abroad costs 2 points
- you need to give at least 1 book for every 2 your receive
Well… let’s send it! (and explore BookMooch some more)